Today we are going to continue to look at Matthew 7. This is the closing of the sermon on the mount. It’s sort of the application part of the sermon. Last time we looked at how self righteousness gets in the way of helping others. Today I want to look at the next section dealing with asking God for things.
Here is what Jesus says
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
The first paragraph fits into an interesting category of scripture abuse. This is the sort of thing that is often used to justify what is often called the prosperity gospel. The idea that whatever you want, if you just ask God, then He will give it to you.
We’ve been looking at Mark 6. This is all part of the sermon on the mount and as I mentioned before, it’s a good idea to read the whole thing for context of each part. However the parts have value even pulled out of the sermon. We’ve looked at two things that I think have a great deal for us to consider today. We looked at acting to be seen by others and then looked at the idea that where we put our treasure (money, time, energy, thoughts and effort) will dictate where our heart ends up.
Today I want to look at what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father. Now let me just say off the bat there that many people have way more and better things to say than I do and I’ll be leaning heavily on some of them. However, I thought I would offer some thoughts.